Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Drop in and Dye

Dyeing fiber can be super casual or super duper scientific.  One can spill Kool-aid on their shirt with wonderful results, or one can earn a Master of Science in Textile Chemistry, also with wonderful results.  The Kool-aid is relatively less expensive.

On the weekend of September 8 & 9, please join me at Fiber College for a super casual version of dyeing.   Here's how it'll go down:  Show up at the Drop in and Dye Tent during the Shopper's Boulevard hours (Sat 10:00 - 5:30, Sun 10:00 - 3:00), and bring with you a 'don't be scared' attitude and maybe some unloved natural fiber stash from home.  I'll have various yarns for sale if you already love your stash as-is. 

There will be two types of dyes available for sale in sample size portions: 'MX Reactive' dyes for plant fibers (cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, rayon) and 'WashFast Acid' dyes for animal fibers (wool, silk, dog, angora, cashmere, llama).  There will be a simple set up and easy to follow directions so you can get your feet wet, so to speak.  And I'll be there to answer questions and cheer you on.

In the spectrum of Kool-aid Spiller to Master of Science in Textile Chemistry, my expertise leans a little to the Kool-aid end.  So there is no need to be intimidated, and also no need to ask the molecular weight of propanetricarboxylic acid because I will not have the answer (actually, it's 192.12, but I had to look it up, and I'm still probably wrong).  All dyes and dye assists will be in liquid form for ease and safety.

Stay tuned, I'll also be teaching a class on how to create a custom pattern for a simple slipcover on September 7.  I went through an extensive slipcovering phase, something I have not shared here, but I will soon!


magnusmog said...

Where are you when I need you? There's a wonderful rocking chair in my house needing a new seat cover!

Ellen Mason said...

If I'm covering it, I'm sitting in it. There's an overlap on Tom's and my bucket lists, and it's House of Magnus.

Jennifer said...

I had a wonderful time dyeing with you (and Michelle) on Sunday. Thanks so much. My yarn is beautiful!!!